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Roll of Years

The Calendar of Harptos

  • There are 365 days in the year, split up into twelve months of thirty days each with five holidays that fall between some months.
  • Each week consists of ten days, called a tenday. A tenday is also, though less commonly, called a ride. The days do not have names, but are instead referred to by number: first-day, second-day, and so on. Most people count using their thumbs as first-day; halflings, however, are famous for using their pinkies to count first-day, and thus the phrase “counting like a halfling” has come to mean someone is being different just to be difficult.
GREGORIAN MONTH TRADITIONAL NAME COMMON NAME DETAILS SEASON
January Hammer Deepwinter Winter
(Holiday) Midwinter Deadwinter Day A feast where local lords plan for the year ahead, make and renew alliances, and send gifts of goodwill. Winter
February Alturiak The Claw of Winter or The Claws of the Cold Winter
March Ches The Claw of the Sunset Ches 19th – Spring Equinox Win/Spr
April Tarsakh The Claw of the Storms Spring
(Holiday) Greengrass Traditional first day of Spring. A time of relaxation. Spring
May Mirtul The Melting Spring
June Kythorn The Time of Flowers Kythorn 20th – Summer Solstice Spr/Sum
July Flamerule Summertide Summer
(Holiday) Midsummer The Long Night A time of feasting, music, and love. Bad weather is very rare and considered a bad omen Summer
(Leap Year) Shieldmeet Day of open council between nobles and people. Making and renewing of pacts, oaths, and agreements. Summer
August Eleasis Highsun Summer
September Eleint The Fading Eleint 21st – Autumn Equinox Sum/Aut
(Holiday) Higharvestide Heralds the coming of fall and the harvest. Feast that lasts the entire day. Autumn
October Marpenoth Leafall Autumn
November Uktar The Rotting Autumn
(Holiday) The Feast of the Moon Moonfest Day when the dead are honored. Graves blessed, Ritual of Remembrance performed, and tales told far into the night. Autumn
December Nightal The Drawing Down Nightal 20th – Winter Solstice Aut/Win

Dwarven Religious Holidays

Moradin

  • Ranking cleric of a community may declare any day a holy day to celebrate a local event.
  • 1st of Hammer – Thunder Blessing

Abbathor

  • Annual sacrifice of enemy of dwarvenkind (from elves to umber hulks). Ribcage is opened, coins and gems cast in, and body burned. Other days involve standard celebration.
  • Solar eclipses
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Any natural phenomenon that blocks sunlight during the day

Berronar Truesilver

  • Annual offering of silver with a small white flower. Other celebrations are grand affairs planned perfectly, and often include many travelers and members of neighboring communities.
  • Midwinter Day (below ground)
  • Midsummer Night(above ground)
  • Weddings

Clangeddin Silverbeard

  • Break old weapons anointed with their own blood, and recount tales of fallen heroes.
  • Anniversaries of past battles

Dugmaren Brightmantle

  • Begin holiday with several hours in private meditation staring at a candle flame. Afterward, gatherings to discuss discoveries and creations since last congregation.
  • Greengrass
  • Higharvestide

Dumathoin

  • Deepstone Triad – Sacrifice of gems and jewelry upon large stone blocks.
  • New moons

Gorm Gulthyn

  • Tedious procedures of formal salutes, rhythmic grounding of weapons, and chanted prayers.
  • Each festival day

Haela Brightaxe

  • Greengrass – The Time of Spawning – Chants and shattering of captured enemy weapons.
  • Summer Solstice – Axe Held High – Gather under light of day and claim to see Haela’s greatsword outlined at the center of the sun.
  • Feast of the Moon – Commemoration of the Fallen – Remembrance of those who fell in defense of dwarves.

Laduguer

  • No religious ceremonies as it offers a dangerous break to toil and production.

Marthammor Duin

  • Many holidays throughout the year. Nondwarves welcome. Ritualized burning of used ironwork and footwear. Loud singing, and imbibing of strong spirits.
  • Each festival day and the nine days afterward.

Sharindlar

  • Commonly involve secret congregations in hidden caverns. Dancing around a pool while casting items of gold into a sanctified cauldron.
  • Full or waxing moons
  • Greengrass
  • Midsummer Night

Vergadain

  • Coin Festivals – Trademeets of which during the closing hours the clergy lower prices on goods greatly.
  • Before and after a full moon
  • Greengrass

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